Rating Marks Crucial Step in Project Implementation
The City of Raleigh is pleased to announce the Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Southern Corridor project has received an overall "Medium-High" rating from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The ratings information was released by the FTA through the Annual Report on Funding Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2024.
The City of Raleigh submitted the BRT: Southern Corridor project to be rated in the FTA Small Smarts program in August of 2022. GoRaleigh proposes to implement BRT along SouthWilmington Street connecting the Raleigh central business district with the Town of Garner and North South Station at Garner Station Boulevard. The project includes construction of about 3.8miles of new dedicated transit infrastructure improvements between the GoRaleigh main station in downtown Raleigh and North South Station at Garner Station Boulevard, and about 1.3-miles of service in general traffic lanes between Garner Station Boulevard and the Walmart Supercenter at Rupert Road. The project also includes traffic signal priority at intersections throughout the 5.1-mile corridor and nine weather-protected BRT stations. All BRT stations will be designed to include specific branding, level boarding platforms, real-time bus arrival information, schedule and route information and universal ADA accessibility.
Second Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Receives Federal Funding
The City of Raleigh is also pleased to announce the Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Southern Corridor project received $85.91 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on March 9, 2023. Funding is provided through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. A total of $8.13 million is funded from FY23 and Prior Years allocation and $77.78 million is recommended through FY24 President’s Budget Proposal. Projects accepted into the CIG Program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.
This allocation is a key step in the process of bringing BRT to the community. The City of Raleigh will continue advancing design for the Wake BRT Southern Corridor project including coordination with the FTA to demonstrate readiness to receive a construction grant agreement under the CIG Program. The Southern Corridor will complete 30 percent design in the Summer of 2023.
BRT is a high-capacity bus-based transit system that delivers fast and efficient service that may include dedicated lanes, busways, traffic signal priority, off-board fare collection, elevated platforms and enhanced stations.
The City of Raleigh is grateful for support from our community partners including the Wake County Transit Planning Advisory Committee, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and GoTriangle, along with our Congressional leaders, the Wake County Board of Commissioners and Raleigh City Councilmembers.